The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Alabama State University a five-year $1.54 million grant through the Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) program, to help increase the number of Ph.D.s in the field of biomedical research.
The major goal of the grant is to support the research of graduate students working under the supervision of biomedical researchers at ASU. The grant also will allow students to work at a collaborator's research site during the summer to enhance their research skills.
"With the new funding from the NIH, many graduate students and scientists at ASU will be able to expand their scientific capabilities in biomedical research," said Dr. Shree Singh, director of the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research (CNBR). "Several research intensive institutions within the state of Alabama and in the nation will partner with ASU to train the next generation of biomedical scientists. A number of high-impact research activities will add to ASU's mission to be recognized as an institution with a research agenda."
The NIH-MBRS-RISE program will be part of the CNBR and managed by Dr. Singh, along with a team of ASU faculty researchers.
The RISE program provides grants to institutions with a commitment and history of developing students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences as defined by the National Science Foundation. In doing so, the program aims to help reduce the existing gap in completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University